Monday, May 30, 2011

Cope with chronic pain.

Research the pain you are feeling.  More than likely many people are experiencing the same pain.  The more knowledge you gain about your pain the more able you'll be able to cope with it.

Don't stop moving because you are in pain.  The more you sit, the tighter your muscles become due to lack of circulation.  Keep your muscles warm and nourished and be sure to get some exercise daily.  Go for a walk, swim or ride a bike.

Improve your diet.  Often times pain is a symptom of inflammation.  Saturated and trans fats can make inflammation worsen.  Find food that antioxidizes and provides vitamins to fight inflammation.  Try salmon, trout, nuts, seeds and olive or canola oils.  Spices like garlic, ginger, cinnamon and cumin also are helpful.  Also try to stick with whole grains which lower levels of C-reactive protein in blood-a marker for inflammation.

Get a massage or join a yoga class.  Many people who have received at least 6 - 12 months of massages or have practiced yoga consistently for 6 months or more have reduced their pain levels.  This is becuase yoga strengthens and lengthens muscles and massage increases circulation which provides fresh blood and nutrition to the muscles.

Try meditaiton.  Mindfulness-based techniques can reduce pain and anxiety and increase vitality.

Incorporate supplements.  Try omega-3 fatty acids for anti-inflammatory effects.  These fatty acids help to ease arthritis and back and neck pain.  Reasearch has shown that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to fibromyalgia and bone pain.  Talk to your doctor about what is best.

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